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Instructors and Trainers

Those who teach the personnel working in settings with young children have the important responsibility of giving the field the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective. Whether working as a faculty member in a college, as a trainer in a Child Care Resource &Referral (CCR&R) agency, or as an independent training consultant, these adult educators must have an understanding of adult learning and effective teaching strategies, as well as special knowledge about the subjects they are teaching. Prior experience working with young children and families is often helpful. Instructors and trainers provide important information to potential and practicing early childhood professionals, parents and the public on a variety of topics such as child development, early literacy, facility regulatory requirements, developmentally appropriate and effective practices, behavior management strategies, diversity in all its forms (ability, cultural, linguistic and ethnic), program administration, working with parents, inclusion of all children, and local, state and national early childhood policy issues and current research. Both formal education and training may be provided in high schools, individual child care programs, at workshops or conferences, and through courses offered at colleges and universities. A number of states are beginning to require certification or approval of those who provide training to early care and education program staff.

Job possibilities at:



High schools

Child care resource and referral agencies

Professional associations

Public and nonprofit agencies


Recommended education:

Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or Youth Development

Typical salary range:

$26,450 – $108,640